Yesterday, a US Marshal shot an unarmed man in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Police allege that he had not been meeting his parole requirements since February and was wanted on new charges including 3 counts of child abuse and an account of aggravated battery. The victim is Gilbert Angelo Serrano who is currently in stable condition. The victim’s sister and her mother are currently at the UNM Hospital. Police were refusing to let Serrano’s family visit him in the hospital. Right after the shooting, US marshals started confiscating phones that had pictures and video of the shooting. Several witnesses told KRQE that Serrano was not armed. People also came to protest at the scene after news of the shooting spread online.
A witness, Gabriel Valdez, told KRQE about the shooting, “’Get out of the car! Get out of the vehicle!’ And then boom! She shot like right away. She just shot right away.”
Anonymous and local groups have called for protests against the local Albuquerque police department after a series police shootings resulting in fatalities. On March 16, Albuquerque police shot and killed James Boyd who was camping near the mountains. On March 26, 2013, Albuquerque police shot and killed another man, Alfred Redwine. Initially, police said that Alfred Redwine had shot at them first, but Redwine’s family says that he was unarmed and was only holding a cellphone. There have been more than 25 fatal police shootings, 13 non-fatal shootings, and 2 cases of excessive force by the Albuquerque police department since 2010. The Albuquerque police department is currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice. Lawsuits regarding police misconduct have cost the city more than $24 million since 2010.
Anonymous started #OpAlbuquerque and #APDProtest in response to the police shootings. The Albuquerque police department took down their own website and social media accounts in response. There is a protest planned for April 2 and another protest planned for April 4.